Independent The Taft
December 3-9, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 23
“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”
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Email: Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com Website: www.TaftIndependent.com Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,500 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers. Subscriptions. Subscription home or mail delivery of the Taft Independent is available for $8.00 per month or $97.00 per year. To subscribe to please call 765-6550. LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR. Send us your letter to Taft Independent at the above address. Limit it to 300 words and include your name, address, and phone number. Fax: (661) 765-6556. Email your letter to: Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com. ADVERTISING. Display Ads: Rates and special discounts are available. Contact our advertising representative at (661) 765-6550. Classifieds: Call 765-6550 or fax us at (661) 765-6556. Phone order are taken. Visa and Master Card accepted. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long email@example.com Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Wallis Layout & Design Independent Graphics Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins Staff Photographer Sara Bravo
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Community Events Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Painting Class Every Thursday Night til December 23rd Painting Class beginning November 11th until December 23rd from 6pm to 9pm at The End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. $10 per class. Acrylic paint is the suggested media. Students are responsible for their supplies. Please call for supply list. (Supplies available at Michaels or Aaron Brothers in Bakersfield.) Demonstrations and work time from 6pm to 8:15pm, class criticism from 8:15pm to 9pm. Class limited to 13 students. No class on Thanksgiving, November 25th. WSRPD 32nd Holiday Craft Show Friday & Saturday, December 3rd & 4th The West Side Recreation & Park District will be holding their 32nd annual Holiday Craft Show Friday, December 3rd from 5pm -8pm and Saturday, December 4th from 8:30am-3pm at the WSRPD Community Center located at 500 Cascade Place. Lots of homemade items for sale just in time for holiday gifts and decorations! No Admission fee for shoppers! For more information or other inquiries please phone West Side Recreation & Park District at 763-4246. Taft Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Saturday, December 4th The Taft District Chamber of Commerce wants to remind community members the Taft Christmas parade is this Saturday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. The Christmas Parade will be held in the traditional route in downtown on Center Street. Over 25 Parade entries will participate in the parade. The parade is free to the public and starts at 6:00 p.m. on the west end of Center Street. The Chamber is also furnishing a 17 foot Christmas tree at the city’s brand new 5th Street Plaza that will be displayed until after Christmas. The public is invited to bring and donate an ornament to be placed on the tree all day Saturday. For more information please contact Martha Rodriguez at the Chamber (661) 765-2165. Bakersfield Diamond Divas Roller Derby Saturday, December 4th Come Naughty! Come Nice! Watch the Divas play Twice! Come on out Saturday, December 4th to watch your Taft girls on the Bakersfield Diamond Divas Roller Derby Team at their last bout of the season at Skateland, 415 Ming Ave. in Bakersfield. Doors open at 5:30pm Roughcuts play at 6pm, Diamonds play at 7pm. Adults are $10 and Children $5. Bring a new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more and get a free t-shirt while supplies last! Proceeds from the night go to Toys for Tots. McCarthy Announces Mobile Office Hours Wednesday, December 8th
Shop With A Cop The Taft City Police Department is in need of the community’s support! Help local children experience the joy of giving. On December 19, 2010 Police Officers will be taking less fortunate, local kids on a shopping spree where they will be able to buy gifts for their families, and a little something for themselves. Donations will be accepted at City Hall 209 E. Kern Street through December 16th. If you have questions please call Christy Lowe at 661-763-1350 ext34.
Christmas Tea at The Museum The West Kern Oil Museum will host its annual Christmas Tea Saturday, December 4th from 1:30-4 p.m. Volunteers at the community’s depository of local history have decorated Christmas trees throughout the buildings and exhibits, including the historic tent house. Homemade refreshments will be provided in the Buena Vista Room, which is hosting Roger Miller’s exhibit of color photographs of wooden oil derricks. Music will feature Janet Fishburn at the organ in the Buena Vista Room. All exhibits will be open. The Museum, located at the corner of Highway 33 and Wood Street, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. There is no admission charge. The Museum also is gearing up for its annual dinner, which will be held Feb. 19 at the Community Center.
Feed The Hungry “Feed the Hungry” was the sign on the fireworks booth sponsored by Members of Peace Lutheran Church last July. The effort of their work plus matching funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans produced $5,000. On October 6th, 2010 they gave $1,000 each to 5 local groups; Salvation Army, Alpha House, Mann 4 U, Laborers of the Harvest and Angel Food Ministries. The heart warming response for their gift was awesome. Thanks to Taft for allowing this to happen. Taft - A Caring Community Under Christ
“Mobile office hours are a great opportunity for residents to speak with a representative from my office, receive answers to their questions, and access constituent services,” said McCarthy. “I strongly encourage residents to utilize these office hours to receive the help and assistance we can provide.” Office hours will be held: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at Taft College Library – 29 Emmons Park Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Contact Vince Fong, District Director for Congressman McCarthy at (661) 327-3611 for more information. Congressman McCarthy’s Website: www.kevinmccarthy.house.gov
CITY OF TAFT COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday December 9, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER 209 EAST KERN STREET, TAFT, CA (661) 763-1222
Optimal Hospice Light Up a Life Celebration Thursday, December 9th “These lights shine in honor of those we love.” Optimal Hospice is holding their annual Light Up a Life Celebration Thursday, December 9th at The Historic Fort at 6pm. Family members and donors are invited to sponsor a light in memory of a friend or loved one, or for someone living whom they wish to honor. For a gift of $10 a light will be placed on the tree in tribute to their loved one. To further honor them, a hospice ornament will hang on a Tree of Life and their name will be read during the ceremony. All proceeds from this memorial event remain in Kern County and supportfamilies at a time when they need it the most. To have your loved one included in the ceremony or to learn more about the program, please contact Ann Smart, Foundation Director at 661-716-8000 Patient Appreciation Day & Toys for Tots Fundraiser Saturday, December 11th Join Sparks Chiropractic for their annual Patient Appreciation Day and Toys for Tots Fundraiser on Saturday, December 11th from 10am to 2pm at Sparks Chiropractic located at 1107 Kern Street Suite 7 (in the parking lot) There will be free chiropractic adjustments and free consultation exams with the donatioin of a new unwrapped toy. There will be live music, free food and an appearance by the U.S. Marine Corps and pictures with Santa. Please call 765-2225 for more information and to set up your adjustment or consultation appointment.
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3rd Annual Chilled and Grilled Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th The Chilled and Grilled is hosting their 3rd annual Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th. Pre-register $30 per bike or car, $5 for additional rider or passenger. Day of event $35 per bike or car, $10 for additional rider or passenger. Sign ups begin at 7am on the day of the event at Chilled and Grilled, located at 621 Center Street. The ride will start at 9am at Chilled and Grilled and end at the Fifth Street Plaza, between Center and Main Street. There will be a BBQ with hot dogs, chips and soda after the ride with a bounce house for the kids and a special guest...Santa Claus will be there! 50/50 raffle, drawing for prizes $1 or 6 for $5. Poker cards will be handed out, lowest and highest wins, and a shoe boz auction. Food donations are also welcome and remember all donations stay in the Taft area. For more information call Chilled and Grilled at 765-2000.
Taft Resident Painting Show for January or February Call for Taft artists to participate in a Taft resident painting in January or February at the End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. Each participating artist will be given 6 to 8 feet of wall space. Each artist can invite friends and family to the opening where refreshments will be served. The work will be displayed for 1 1/2 months. If you are interested in showing your work please call Jane at 765-4790. Musicians who would like to perform at the gallery please contact Jane also.
December 3-9, 2010
Letters to the Editor
Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Asian Experience Tumbleweed Café Asian Food and Pizza and Steakhouse
Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2 pm 4 pm - 9 pm Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm 215 Center Street, Taft 763- 1815
Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319 Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 5pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156
Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655
Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-9pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft El Jacalito Authentic Mexican Dining We do Catering for any Special Event! Orders to go. Sunday - Thursday 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm 101 B. Street, Taft 763-9890 763-9892 fax
For the Record from Bob Archibald
City Permanently Closes 5th St. to Make Way for New Public Plaza
The letter to the editor in the Taft Independent dated November 26th Mr. Martinez said I have or had turned my flag (Our U.S. flag) upside down in protest.
Well, if you’ve driven past 5th street on your jaunt down Center Street, you’d noticed the stanchions that block the entrance to 5th Street at both ends. The city has finally closed off the downtown block of 5th Street and created the new 5th Street Plaza, an idea that originated in the 70’s and again in the 80’s when city government did a study about how to enhance the declining downtown. And if you haven’t been downtown, you oughta go downtown, especially tomorrow evening when the annual Taft Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. The parade stage will be set up this year on the 500 block of Center Street in front of the old Bank of America (where we have been urging Sherry Smith at the Albertson’s Bank of America to move the bank back downtown at it’s old location). She says its a good idea, but its up to corporate.
NEVER would I do that to the flag I love so much. The top hasp wore through with the wind’s help and it fell to hang by its bottom hasp.
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(The old hasp is in the front lobby of the Shell Foodmart in Maricopa) Thank You Bob Archibald
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As soon as it was brought to my attention I took the flag down myself and have put on a new top hasp aand she is flying proud again.
Requests for Proposal are being distributed by the City of Taft (City) to perform a feasibility study and design for the City of Taft Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Projects.
20 Foot Tall Live Christmas Tree at 5th Street Plaza And for you Christmas Tree lovers, the Taft Chamber of Commerce went out and bought a giant live 20 foot tall Christmas tree that will be placed on the 5th Street Plaza (at Center Street) this afternoon where the pubic is invited to come down and place a donated Christmas tree ornament on the tree on Saturday before the parade. Bring the kids and start a new Taft tradition. It’s a new tradition that the city and the Chamber would like to get started - ok the Taft Independent thinks its a good idea anyway - to get a tree every year downtown and have the community come downtown and decorate it. Heck, why not, its a good way to get people to come downtown and visit the local merchants, celebrate and admire our new Chritsmas. Merry Christmas!
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Copies of the Request for Proposal may be obtained free of charge from the City of Taft located at 209 East Kern Street, Taft, California 93268, (661) 763-1222 Ext.34 or at our web site at www.cityoftaft.org . Interested parties are invited to submit proposals to the City of Taft, 209 East Kern Street, Taft, California 93268. All proposals must be received no later than 2:00 p.m., December 15, 2010. Please submit questions in writing to Craig Jones Public Works Manager of the City of Taft at 209 E. Kern Street Taft, Ca 93268 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Westside News and Business Briefs Taft College Writers to Read at Taft Crude Friday, December 17th, students of Taft College’s creative writing course will present handmade collections of their work and read selections to the public at Taft Crude beginning at 2:30p.m. The young, local authors that comprise Taft College’s creative writing course have developed a diverse and sophisticated body of work, and the reading promises to reinforce the stereotype that literature pairs superbly with coffee. The event is free to the public. Students of the course have spent the fall semester drafting and revising original poems, stories, creative nonfiction, and screenplays. As the young authors compile and revise their best work for the event, they are also busy sending their work out to be considered for publication by various literary magazines. “We’re lucky to have such a diverse and talented group of students this semester,” says Geoffrey Dyer, the instructor. “We’ve seen modern poetry, moving nonfiction, and outrageously funny narratives spring from the students’ minds this semester. There’s never a day in class that I’m not surprised by their limitless imaginations.” But just how creative are they? Berlyn Reisenauer, a young fiction author, has delighted and shocked her peers all semester with a suspenseful novel in progress. The premise? An aspiring paleontology student awakens on his twentieth birthday to discover that he and his maternal ancestors have a genetic predisposition for devouring human flesh insatiably. Daniel Ayora, an English Major preparing to transfer to CSUB, has kept the class in stitches with his humorous works, but has also been busy working as an editor of Taft College’s new literary publication, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, slated for release in May. Another editor of the new literary magazine, Bethany McWhorter, has challenged her classmates’ definition of poetry with innovative
works such as the following piece. Daydreams Over the misty headlands birds in flight fast as quicksilver upon golden legs. The once blue sky turned grey, its sorrow intermingled with the guilt laden smoke of inhabitants below. A beautiful broken-wing angel dances among a field of frost flowers, as the rain falls like tears. A child plays a flute unaware, the melody a reverie cloaking the gun fire in a country divided. Yet still the plovers mourn unceasing. But there is no one aesthetic that unites these writers’ works—it appears that age and geography alone are commonalities in the class. For instance, Caleb Gonzales, a shy but prolific student, offers refined, minimalist poems to the class. night sky my mind blank like the night sky motionless, breathless... alone in the night sky where did you go? how did this happen? my head spinning high in the sky just trying to get by i want to be someone not just who they want me to be i want to be me disappear... For a better sample of these writers’ talents, attend their reading. If there is a poet, novelist, essayist, or dramatist dying to be awakened in you, enroll in Taft College’s creative writing course, English 1700, for spring semester. And if that literary genius has already been awakened, by all means, submit your works to the students’ literary publication A Sharp Piece of Awesome, by emailing your poems or stories to email@example.com by December 15th.
Soroptimist House Tour Fashion Show – Luncheon
Saturday, December 11th Home Tour 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
$25.00 per person Leah & Rob Cleveland 817 B Street
Pamela & Jim Ward 300 Church Street
Isabel & Fernando Amorteguy 813 Canyon Court
Luncheon at the Westside Believers Church Doors open 11:00 a.m. Luncheon Served at 12:00 noon
Saturday, December 11th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sparks Chiropractic 1107 Kern Street Suite 7 (in parking lot)
Live Music Free Food Fun
Appearance by US Marine Corps & Pictures with Santa!
Free Chiropractic Adjustment & Free Exam Consultation with X-Rays With donation of a new unwrapped toy Please cll to make your appointment
December 3-9, 2010
Westside News and Business Briefs Maricopa Toy Drive Bring in a new unwrapped toy to the Maricopa Foodmart in Maricopa and receive a FREE hot dog and 20 oz fountain soda
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City of Taft Receives Grants By Kent Miller $1.7 million for infrastructure at the city’s industrial park. $300,000 for facades at low-income businesses. $800,000 for the city’s first-time homebuyer program. $584,000 for new buses. $650,000 for operation of the Taft Area Transit system. Those are just some of the successes recorded by Lucille Holt, Taft’s grant administrator, in the four years that she has been on the job. “Lucille has been very prolific,” said Mayor Dave Noerr. “She is very aggressive (in seeking grants), very successful. “She believes in what she is doing and her enthusiasm shows through her success rate. She is very busy and very proactive, does a very good job, is a real asset to the community.” A successful grants administrator helps find money that is needed in the community, Noerr said. The grants usually require a matching amount of 5 percent or 10 percent, so the city’s money goes 10 or 20 times as far, he said. “She is the best,” said City Manager Bob Gorson. “I wish I could take credit for hiring her. But it was Teresa Binkley and Denise Hoffman.” “We have a very close working relationship.” Gorson started with the city a little over four years ago. Holt will mark her fourth anniversary as a Taft employee on Monday. “She has brought in over $7 million since I have been here,” the city manager said. “And there is over $14 million in the pipeline now (in grants the city has applied for).” Administrative costs “Some of the funding is available for administrative costs, so she pays her own way,” Noerr said. “It is highly competitive. In addition to being successful, she is self-supporting. “And she does a good job administering the grants.” The mayor said that often times people don’t thoroughly understand grants. “You are spending your own (tax) money: the first-time homebuyers program, business programs, planning and research,” he said. “What we are trying to do is competing head-to-head with other communities to entice businesses to come to the area.” The grants create jobs and the people who get the jobs then spend money on retail, which creates other jobs and tax revenue for the city, Noerr said. Record of success Holt researches grants and works with the Fresno office of Passantino Andersen, which puts the grant applications together and writes the particulars, she said. She proofreads the applications and makes sure they are ready to go. The company will also inform Holt of any grants it knows about that are available. The city used to contract with another grant-writer, but that company wasn’t able to keep up with the pace Holt set, so they were replaced this year. Some of her successes are: * $1.98 million in various Kern Council of Governments grants.
* $300,00 for business facades. “I have the setup conditions,” Holt said. “We are getting ready to have a meeting to go over the requirements for grants to lower income businesses. We are getting ready to release that package.” * $1.7 million just in from the federal Economic Development Administration for infrastructure work at the industrial park. * $584,000 in 2009 for buses. * $650,000 this year for operating expenses for the buses. * $300,000 for loans for any businesses in the city. Some of the applications in the pipeline are: * $3.7 million through Proposition 84 for the Union Pacific Railroad Park. “They said no in the first round,” she said. “We always felt we would get it in the spring time, in the second round.” * $8.7 million in Tiger II federal stimulus money from the U.S. Department of Transportation and California Department of Transportation. They haven’t received any information yet on the Tiger II grant, Holt said. The money would go to complete the 5-mile circle in Taft for the Rails to Trails, which includes a separate-of-grade at Highway 33, and to extend the bike trail toward Buena Vista Recreation Area, City Manager Gorson said. * $800,000 home application grant. “We will know in early December if we will get it,” Holt said. “It is the first-time homebuyer program.” * $91,000 from Calfire Urban Forestry to replace trees within the city on streets and in parks. A volunteer Holt used to work in commercial real estate, managing shopping centers, then retired after injuring her back. She and her family have lived in Taft since 1989. “My kids graduated from school here,” Hold said. “We love it.” In 2000, she started as a volunteer at the Needs Center in Taft, working her way up to director. “That was where I got my grants experience,” Holt said, first while a volunteer at the center and then as director. In 2006, the city was looking for a grant administrator and Councilmember Craig Noble, who had know her for about 20 years from when both had booths in an antique store, suggested that she apply for the position, she said. “I spoke with Craig Noble and he said the city needs a grant administrator,” Holt said. “He said ‘go down and talk to them.’ They had a job search out for it. “I enjoy my job, I really do,” she said. “So much of what I do I can see. I can see the buses running around town, handicap ramps, sidewalks. “I was criticized a few years ago on a blog about the city becoming like a welfare recipient with its hand out. I responded: ‘If I did not go out there with my hand out asking for our taxes back, I was not doing my job.’ “I have gone from a person who hated to ask for anything to one who has no problem saying look at Taft, this is why we need the grant. “We have been very fortunate that we have gotten a lot of grants. We are very aggressive in seeking grants.”
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Wednesday, December 1, the Black Gold Coffee House and Deli hosted its very first Ladies Only Dinner and Social. The entire restaurant, located on the 500 block of Center Street, was filled wall to wall with not only ladies out with their girlfriends, mothers or sisters, but also a few men who decided to join the festivities. As such, it wasn’t so much a Ladies Night as just a nice week night out with friends and family and a nice way to escape the dropping temperatures to find warmth in a delicious variety of pastas and fine wine. “It was unexpectedly busy, considering only nine people RSVP’ed on Facebook,” said real estate agent, Lisa Brown, who enjoyed the chicken and mozzarella ravioli and a peppermint mocha with her mother-in-law, Janey Brown. The event was brought to life by the team effort of Debbie Turner, Sharon McElmurry and Betty Newlee. “We want something nice for our town,” Newlee said. “We want somewhere nice to go.” Mc Elmurry echoed these sentiments. “We want the town to support local businesses,” she said. “The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great here.” Turner added, “It’s wonderful. People will come out for more than just a drink here. It’s not just that, though. It’s the atmosphere, the food and the camaraderie.” The female and male patrons certainly appreciated the welcoming environment they found on Wednesday night. “I didn’t know it was ladies night,” said Bryan Sellman. “We just came in to get a beer and spaghetti and meat balls. But, it’s nice here. It’s a good change in the right direction for Taft. It’s a good addition to our town and much a needed one.” With the Petroleum Club’s Industries Night falling on the same night, one anonymous male source jokingly suggested the Ladies Only Night at the coffee house could become the, “Industries Night Widow’s Night.” With hope the Ladies Night Dinner and Social and the Black Gold Coffee House and Deli will stick around for a long time. “It’s a place where you can come and feel like you’re going out,” said Ginny Miller.
Thursday night found downtown Taft the place to be. With the Black Gold Coffee House and Deli’s first wine tasting and the Fifth Street Plaza’s monthly First Thursday art and culture event hosted by the Arts Council of Taft, downtown was not short of things to do. Outside the coffee house, Paul Martinez and his cousin Ed were preparing the night’s meal, Tapas. With the traditional culinary fare of small portions of a variety of dishes like sirloin sliders, bacon wrapped stuffed dates, boar sausage, grilled vegetables, and more. Martinez, who has been in the culinary industry for 25 years, was brought in by former TUHS superintendent and featured vintner, Curt Dubost. “He called me about a month ago and asked if I would be interested in cooking for the event and I said that I would love to,” he explained. “I’m excited to be a part of something exciting for Taft and to help bring a bit of culture, too.” The food was diverse and each dish proved to be as delectable and unique as the next. “We paired the food with the wine,” Martinez said. “It’s flavorful but it’s also complimented by the wine.” Whether it was the season, the wine, the food or simply having a nice place to go, the patrons who filled the small restaurant were sociable, very friendly and in good spirits. “It’s fabulous,” said Chamber of Commerce president, Jan Ashley. “It’s that shot in the arm that Taft needs.” And that seemed to be the general consensus of the event. Heather Popejoy-Dodson, another satisfied taster said, “I’m thrilled that they’re bringing this to Taft. I appreciate the culture it brings to our city.” The man behind the wine, Dr. Curt Dubost was also very pleased with the incredible turn out. “I love that this can happen in Taft. I love seeing people out on a Thursday night,” he said. “I hope that people will want to stay in Taft and spend their time here.” Dubost also hopes that events like his wine tasting will continue to happen in Taft. Just up the street from the wine tasting at the Fifth Street Plaza, the Arts Council brought even more culture to the streets of Taft. The sounds of the TUHS jazz band and choir carried down the block as people from the community came out to view paintings from various artists. “Hopefully Oildorado showed that you can do a variety of activities at the same time,” said head of the Arts Council, Leigh Golling. She hopes that over time, First Thursday will garner more recognition and attention as one of the places to go on the first Thursday of each month. “We want to have an art event for each time and when the weather gets better, we’d like to have a space and opportunity where kids can do their own art,” she explained. For next year, Golling and others like TUHS band director, Amanda Posey, hope to have a Christmas tree lighting, “like a mini Rockefeller Center,” Golling said, with the band, the community bringing their own ornaments to adorn the tree with and more. As for this year, the Chamber of Commerce will be providing a 17 foot Christmas tree to be set up on Friday in the Fifth Street Plaza, just in time for the annual Christmas parade on Saturday.
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I am so fortunate to have an exclusive interview with Taft’s new celebrity, Maggy. “My good friend Peter Roskam is a bold leader whose fresh ideas will continue to help energize the Republican Party as we move forward in the Majority. I look forward to working with him to fulfill our Conference’s Pledge to America. Together, Maggy, (4) has been featured in the news recently for her heartwarming reunion we will use our common-sense conservative principles to advance job-creating policies, cut spending, and reform Washwith her lady person after being “missing” for nearly 3 weeks. ington. As Jobs Policy Director of the America Speaking Out project, Peter helped develop a positive agenda for robust She’s been in lots of papers, and on TV! She even made it onto Craig’s List! economic growth and quality job creation. As a member of the Whip Team, I know that his insight and experience will Maggy graciously agreed to an exclusive interview for this paper because, “ I’m greatly enhance our Majority Whip Operation.” a local girl, Charlie, and so far you are the only one who wants to interview me, not my lady person. Besides, I’m a big fan of yours.” The Chief Deputy Whip responsibilities include working with Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to unify the party, buildWell! ing broad support for policy initiatives, educating Members of Congress and answering questions on policy. A few days ago we set up a meeting through the teledog system and I went to call. Maggy’s lady person is, understandably, keeping a pretty close eye on her so Regarding the appointment, Roskam stated: she’s not able to get out of the yard just now. After our sniff and wag introduction Maggy made me most welcome. She even “I look forward to working with Majority Whip McCarthy as we advance a positive agenda for renewed innovation, investoffered a rawhide chewed only on one end. Now that is graciousness. ment and growth. For too long under the control of both parties, Washington has borrowed and spent too much money, C: Maggy, I’d jeopardizing our nation’s prosperity and our children’s future. like to welcome you back “The American economy faces serious challenges and we must all work together to end the uncertainty coming out of and thank you Washington so that we can once again unleash the American entrepreneurial spirit and get our economy and our country for agreeing back on the right track.” to talk to me. I know our readers are so excited to hear about your adventures. M: Charlie, thank you for the opportunity to talk about my journey. I am so glad to be home. I missed my lady person and my toys and the feeling of being safe in my den with my pack. 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Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night will keep the Postal Service from doing what it does best — delivering the holidays. Between now and Christmas Eve, the Postal Service will deliver 15.8 billion cards, letters and packages across the country and around the world. “The holiday season isn’t just the busiest time of the year for the Postal Service — it’s our best time of year,” said Steve Forte, senior vice president, Operations. “We’re the holiday mailing and shipping experts.” The Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 3 billion cards and letters over the holidays and there are more than 3 billion holiday stamps available to handle the volume. This year, a snowman and the words “Happy Holidays” will appear in the upper right-hand corner of greeting cards and letters mailed during the month of December. During this holiday season, the Postal Service also expects: * 97 million customers to visit a Post Office * 30 million pounds of mail to be delivered to overseas military installations, including Iraq and war zones in Afghanistan * 4.7 million shipping labels to be printed using Click-N-Ship The busiest mailing day is set for Monday, Dec. 20. More than 800 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be mailed on that day alone, compared to 559 million on a typical day. Wednesday, Dec. 22, will be the busiest delivery day. Staff at the National Operations Center work 24/7 to help navigate mail movement around the world. “We’ve been delivering the holidays for the past 235 years, and we’re proud to deliver excellent service to our customers, especially during this busy time of year,” added Forte. More than 47 million customers will skip the trip to the Post Office this holiday season and take advantage of the Postal Service’s convenient online shipping at usps.com. Customers can print shipping labels, pay for postage and request free package pickup while staying warm and comfortable in their homes or offices. The Postal Service will deliver free shipping supplies, including the popular Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes, and also pick up packages for free when customers ship online using the Postal Service’s website. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Visit the Postal Service’s holiday press room at usps.com/holidaynewsroom.
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nose under my tail and dropped off. I woke when I heard coyotes but I was too tired to care about them too. I fell back to sleep and woke at dawn. C: I bet you were hungry. M: Yes I was and that is when this inner dog took over. when I woke I stretched and lay still for a moment. I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye and before I had time to think, “gopher” I had caught one. I used to be picky about which kibble I would eat. Let me say now that I am no longer so finicky. C: So, how was it? i always wanted to try one, but my people... well.. M: Not bad. actually once you work out not eating the fur it was great. Lots of things I ate on my adventure were quite good. I know it’s looked down on in some packs, but I developed quite a fondness for grasshoppers. It’s the crunch I think. Finding water was the hardest part. Food was more available if you were fast, thankfully I am, and openminded, as I learned to be. C: Are these some of the changes you saw in yourself ? M: Yes, and I willingness to trust my instincts. To not override them with too much thought. I say that yet one of my best adventures came about because I disregarded my instincts. My instincts said run. I stayed put and I think that is one of the reasons I’m here today. C: Tell me about that please. M: I had been on my own for several days. I was still wanting to go home but that was less of a drive than that to survive. I hoped by surviving long enough I could eventually find my way back. I travelled and hunted early morning and at twilight. Mid day I would nap, nighttime I would dig a den or find a warm spot and sleep. Early one morning I was chewing on some damp grass and suddenly, not five feet away was a coyote. He was just as surprised to see me as I him I think. My first thought was, “RUN!” but I didn’t. I kept chewing while keeping an eye on this wild creature. Oddly neither of us smelled the other. It was a very still morning. While I chewed I realized he was: young, male, startled, curious, and not hungry. I turned and trotted a little way away and he followed me. I move off a bit more and here he was right behind me. I’d move, he’d follow. I think his curiosity was piqued. At some point I looked back and he was gone. I cant say I didn’t think about it, but I was more concerned with breakfast than a nosy pup. I found something, rabbit I think, and had just started to dine when my pup showed up again. He was not alone. He had brought his sister. I was sure they were going to take my rabbit but they didn’t. i was hungry so I ate and when I’d finished I picked up the leftovers and dropped them near the kids. For a long minute they just stared at me with their golden eyes. Then the sister grabbed the rabbit and trotted off with her brother right behind. I didn’t see them again for a few days, then one morning,just as I was waking up I caught a whiff. It was still fairly dark but i could make out their shapes a few feet away. They were carrying something that smelled really good, if a bit ripe. They dropped what ever unidentifiable meat near me and retreated several feet. I couldn’t turn down this offer so I dined appreciatively on as much as I could and nudged the rest back to them. By now both of them were laying down, heads on paws. As I approached they sat up and watched. I was but a few inches away when I heard an unmistakable sound. The thumping of tail hitting ground. The male was wagging his tail! Without intending to I wagged back. In an instant we were friends. His sister was a little more cautious, but only a little. We were all wagging and sniffing and on the verge of a good romp. Which, with barely a signal, ensued. I played with all the abandon of fear released. Jumping, spinning, mock growling, chasing, jumping even higher. We laughed and rolled. I think that was the most exuberant fun I ever had. I didn’t know how lonely I had been. C: Did you ever feel you were in any danger? M: no, not after that. There is something about playing together that bonds us. C: I know what you mean. I didn’t feel completely in my pack until Bob played with me. After that as much as he would growl or snap I knew we were “packed in” and I felt safe. M: My coyote pups kept my spirits up. They helped me to survive. I taught them some useful dog things too. I was the recipient of many gifts from them and I miss them. When I finally found my way to those wonderful people, Joe and Terry I knew I had to say goodbye to my friends. That was hard. We parted about a day before I found Terry. I knew she was there, I was ready to go home but I needed a day to say goodbye to the kids, and to my wild self. I’m still thinking, and feeling about my journey. Charlie, I’d like to tell you some more stories after I’ve settled in some more, if you’d like. C: I’d love it if you would, I know my readers would love it too. May i ask how you are feeling? M: I feel really good. Energetic, happy, grateful. C: Great! Wanna play?
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